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"Thank you to Grafixartphoto for this image of the moon reflected in a glassy lake in Torres del Paine, a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia on October 23, 2018."

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I think you're right, Margie. The upper bunch of cumulus is closer to us and the swoosh is behind it. Thanks for your visit and comments!

Looking carefully at the cloud formation I see two different formations. One formation close to the mountain top and one in the distance creating an optical illusion. The contrail or whatever it is appears to be in between the two formations. Possible meteorite trail? Still a wonderful and magical picture.


Cool! Thanks, Pat.


He uses presets, in fact he sells his own, but that doesn't explain that "slash." No one mentions it in the comments, they just all ohhh and ahhhh (rightly, of course). So I'll ask and see if I get a response.


I don't think that's the case here, Pat. For one, I don't see that the swoosh adds enough to be worth the bother. I also doubt that EarthSky would feature a modified photo without saying so explicitly. The image copyright link above takes you to Krafixartphoto's Facebook page. But I can't view it since I'm not a member. Perhaps you can find the photo there and see if he offers any explanations!


Say, you don't suppose we are missing the obvious? Image manipulation.


Well now, you have a point. Huh. :-/


Yes, lenticular came to mind, but I knew that couldn't be right because this one isn't shaped like a lens. However, I also can't imagine a flight path over Patagonia!


I wonder if it actually is a contrail, as Plum suggested. I don't think it split a large cloud in two, but they are two separate cumulus cloud formations. The ribbon of cloud in question gets thinner as it goes to the right, showing the thinnest line at the right of the photo.

Our house is in the flight path of planes out of New York City--mostly to Chicago. By the time they are overhead, they are the tinniest pinpoint that glitters in the sun. Behind the glint will be the thinnest thread. As the seconds pass to a minute or two, the contrail will become wider and the plane will be long gone to the west.

I think Bill was thinking of lenticular clouds, which tend to be shaped more like a flying saucer. Of course, I really don't know and have said far more than my share. :-)


Yeah, it does kinda. I wonder if it could be one of those many strange cloud formations that can form around mountain tops. But I don't know enough to say any more.


Gives the picture a sci fi look, doesn't it.


I was wondering about that as well, Plum. Perchance might @luly have some idea?


I wonder what chopped the top off the cloud -- and left a big contrail?


You're most welcome, stunned. Thank you for visiting.

Gorgeous image, thanks so much for all four of these great puzzles today.


Thanks for the kind words, Dee. And a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too.


You keep doing it ....bringing us great puzzles and knowledge. Mucho gracias.
Better early than not at all.....have a great Thanksgiving ... you and all jigidears .... dee


Thanks for the kind words, luly. I share your interest!


You're very welcome, luly. You've been a lot closer than I have!


I have been to Bariloche in Argentina but never to Patagonia, I wish I would have, specially to the Chilean side, then I might have been able to enjoy this incredible site! Thank you again Bill. :-)


It does have that supersaturated Maxfield Parrish quality, doesn't it? I'm glad you liked it, Pat, and thanks for saying so!


I think the ghost of Maxfield Parrish had a finger in this one. Boy, they even got some stars and hikers in it. Beautiful image, Bill.


Grafixartphoto often produces photos of this quality. I don't know how he does it, but I'm glad he does. Thanks for stopping in to admire it with me!


This is a stunning photo. Everything is so crisp and clear, it's hard to believe it's real. Thanks, Bill!